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Owning a dog is a common trend and one that people rush into. Most people have busy lives and don’t have the time to properly care for one or two dogs. Consequently many of these dogs end up in rescue shelter facilities. Dog rescue centers differ in type from safe haven and no-kill facilities, to sizable community facilities run by the local Humane Society, to rescues dedicated to a specific breed. Centers also vary with their adoption guidelines and these can typically be found on the organization’s website. If you care about homeless dogs and want to help, many of dog rescues are in need of volunteers and monetary donations.

paw print Animal Rescue Agencies: Dedicated to Saving Lives

Animal rescue agencies can be found everywhere, and with good reason. The plight of unwanted animals is heartbreaking to most people. Owning a dog is a popular trend. Unfortunately, most people live busy lives and have barely enough time to keep one or two dogs properly. The result is that many of these animals wind up in rescue facilities.

Have you thought about starting a rescue? The best advice is to volunteer at existing rescue agencies and learn the ropes. Operating a dog rescue is very much like running a business, and money is almost always tight. It is not a small matter of making room for a few unwanted pooches. In addition to the money required, the amount of work involved in properly caring for several dogs can be staggering.

Instead of starting your own rescue, there may be practical things you can do to help one that is already in existence. In addition to volunteering to help with the care of the dogs, you can also be involved in fundraising or community education. Just having a bumper sticker about spaying and neutering could help avoid a heartbreaking end for a litter of puppies!

Rescue agencies vary in type from sanctuaries and no-kill facilities, to rescues devoted to a particular breed, to large community facilities run by the local Humane Society. If you have a heart for homeless dogs, any of these would be thrilled to have you volunteer your time or money to help them.

Here’s an article about things you can do to help your local shelter.

paw print Dog Adoption Agencies Serve a Vital Purpose in Helping Dogs Find New Homes

When most of us hear the words “adoption agency” we think of children and parents. However, there are many dog adoption agencies in practice today all over the United States and around the world. Just as with the human version, dog adoption agencies serve to find homes for dogs and puppies that are in need of a home, for a large variety of reasons.

Some dog adoption agencies serve only limited geographical areas, while others are now online with their own websites and serve entire states or even an entire country. Dog adoption agencies do not usually work with breeders, but generally only work with surrendered and abandoned animals.

Many rescue groups and adoption agencies for pets are created and run by volunteers. These tireless volunteers give their time, and often their own money, to run organizations which match homeless animals with people looking to adopt a new pet.

In addition to dog adoption agencies, there are adoption agencies for cats, horses, rabbits, ferrets, and many other animals as well. Each of them serves the same general purpose; to find safe and happy homes for animals.

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Visit your local shelter, humane society, or any animal rescue center, and I can guarantee you, that you’ll find a dog up for adoption. Adoption centers are over crowded with dogs waiting to be adopted. The majority of dogs up to be adopted are mutts, or mixed breed, but there’s always the exception. Sometimes you’ll be surprised to find mix breeds are better pets than a pure breed dog. They often have comparable qualities to a pure breed, and most importantly can love you just the same as a pure breed dog. You can find mutts, of all the ages and sizes, in every shelter. All you got to do is research to find the perfect companion.

There are many rescue groups that specializes in rescuing pure breeds. If you’re looking to adopt a pure breed, I recommend by starting research through The website has many local, out of county, and out of state shelters. They also provide a list of rescue groups that specializes in the rescue of a particular breed.

Dogs that are waiting at an adoption center have a limited time to be adopted. From the time they are rescued they have about 2 weeks to a month to be adopted otherwise they’ll be euthanized, or killed. There are however many organizations that operate no-kill shelters. This means that when they rescue a dog or pet they will not kill the dog no matter the circumstances. They will wait until the dog finds a permanent home.

There is a commonly held myth about dogs up for adoption; many people think that a dog is at a dog rescue because there’s something terribly wrong with the dog. The truth is most dogs that are originally purchased from breeders, were bought for the wrong reasons. When dog owners give up their dogs it is most likely because they weren’t a good match for the person and they couldn’t continue taking care of the dog anymore. Perhaps you will find your perfect match taking in someone else’s puppy or adult dog.